Nay

[n_ˈeɪ], [nˈe͡ɪ], [nˈe‍ɪ]

Definitions of nay:

  1.   Denial; refusal.
  2.   A word that expresses refusal; not; not only so; not this alone.
  3.   not this merely but also; not only so but; " each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique"
  4.   a negative; " the nays have it"
  5.   Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; - used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
  6.   No; not only so, but.
  7.   No a term expressive of negation or refusal; not only so; not this alone.
  8.   a negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
  9.   No; - a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. See Yes.
  10.   A refusal; a negative vote or voter.
  11.   A denial; a refusal.
  12.   No; not only.
  13.   To refuse.
  14.   No: not only so: yet more.

Antonyms for nay:

contrarily, exactly, conversely, yeah, okeydoke, again, affirmative, yea, yes, YEP, YO, contrariwise.


Quotes for nay:

  1. Happy and fortunate indeed would this nation be, nay completely blessed, if it had good prelates and pastors, and but one prince, and that prince a good one. – Giraldus Cambrensis
  2. You have to not listen to the nay sayers because there will be many and often they'll be much more qualified than you and cause you to sort of doubt yourself. – James Cameron
  3. For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad. – Thomas Carlyle
  4. Large organization is loose organization. Nay it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  5. It is not the intelligent woman v. the ignorant woman; nor the white woman v. the black, the brown, and the red, it is not even the cause of woman v. man. Nay tis woman's strongest vindication for speaking that the world needs to hear her voice. – Anna Julia Cooper
  6. We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act. – Charles Darwin
  7. Money is time. With money I buy for cheerful use the hours which otherwise would not in any sense be mine; nay which would make me their miserable bondsman. – George Gissing
  8. Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  9. Nay men are so far from musing of their sins, that they disdain this practise, and scoff at it: what say they, if all were of your mind; what should become of us? Shall we be always poring on our corruptions? – Thomas Hooker
  10. If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable. – Horace Mann
  11. I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and faced my adversity and my nay -sayers, but managed to do all right. It is a pretty classic tale. – Steve Nash
  12. Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared. – Jane Porter
  13. For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor. – Marcus Fabius Quintilian
  14. Well, we run my ship differently. Any offer that comes in, I yay or nay it, no matter how insane it is. Like, if someone asks me if I'm interested in doing a porn film, the answer to that is going to be no, but it comes to me anyway. I'm responsible for making the call. – Henry Rollins

Usage examples for nay:

  1. Nay she had never really put it to herself in words that her brother was going to die. ” – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
  2. Nay as a whole flood of it. ” – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. “ " Nay I answered, " I will not run while others stay to fight." ” – Child of Storm by H. Rider Haggard
  4. “ " Nay the truth is, I won of both of them," said Mr. Warrington. ” – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  5. Nay I will give both; I will give all, because, having seen him, he is what he is to me. ” – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  6. Nay nuthin' so large as that. ” – Contemporary One-Act Plays Compiler: B. Roland Lewis by Sir James M. Barrie George Middleton Althea Thurston Percy Mackaye Lady Augusta Gregor Eugene Pillot Anton Tchekov Bosworth Crocker Alfred Kreymborg Paul Greene Arthur Hopkins Paul Hervieu Jeannette Marks Oscar M. Wolff David Pinski Beulah Bornstead Herma
  7. “ We'll not say nay – A Kindergarten Story Book by Jane L. Hoxie
  8. Nay do not trouble about me. ” – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  9. Nay she winna tak' it. ” – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  10. “ " Nay I was very wrong! ” – Winds of the World by Talbot Mundy
  11. Nay replied the duke's plaisant, here is a letter. ” – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  12. Nay it was he who left her. ” – Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893 by Hall Caine
  13. Nay I'll lead you. ” – King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë by Gordon Bottomley
  14. Nay she's too old: you said you knew her. ” – Krindlesyke by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  15. Nay there is no need. ” – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens
  16. Don't say me nay you don't know how I do love you. ” – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  17. Nay I begin to know myself now. ” – Cynthia's Revels by Ben Jonson
  18. Nay then, come thou back to us! ” – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  19. Nay it was even worse. ” – The Peace of Roaring River by George van Schaick
  20. Nay cried the general; pray let me speak. ” – The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 7 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe by Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe

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